MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Throughout the 2012 preseason, the West Virginia University gymnastics team will periodically check in with Mountaineer fans, providing updates on the progress made in Cary Gym and the weight room. The team also will share stories from its multiple team-bonding trips and activities.
This year’s fourth tale comes from junior Alaska Richardson. A powerful gymnast with a contagious smile, Richardson, a two-event specialist, came into her own last season on vault and floor. She competed in 11 meets and scored 9.75 or better on vault seven times, including a career-high 9.9 mark. She finished the season ranked No. 18 in the Southeast region with a vault RQS of 9.81.
A member of the all-EAGL Academic Team and a Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll honoree, Richardson looks to have an even greater impact on the Mountaineers’ success in 2012.
Wow. Is it my junior year already? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun…and the fun here never ends! Last week the team had picture day at the WVU Alumni Center, and we were able to venture out to various places around the building and smile for the camera. We had girls posing on statues, with signs and even on rocks in streams! Even though it rained, nothing would stop us that day!
Since picture day, our football team took on Maryland in College Park, Md. As true Mountaineer fans, some of the girls chose to head to Byrd Stadium to bring forth the Mountaineer spirit and support our boys. A few others, including myself, stayed behind but didn’t miss a beat, as we watched on the big screen TVs and witnessed another win! It’s great seeing all of the WVU athletic teams doing so well – it gets me pumped for our own season to start up!
Though we have a long road ahead of us, yesterday’s first official practice marked the beginning of the 2012 gymnastics season. The girls have all been working really hard up to this point during open gym and in conditioning sessions with strength coach Beth Byron. While there may be nerves, I have faith everyone will be able to pull it all together, buckle down and get with it!
Let’s Go Mountaineers!!